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Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Johnny’s has many options to choose from, ranging from classic Maryland crab cakes to a fried oyster po’ boy. Entrees don’t come cheap, however, so for those on a budget, go for the happy hour menu with discounted food — such as fried calamari, raw oysters and a cheese plate — and drinks, including $8 cocktails and draft beers for $5.50.
Gift card tip: You’ll need to give $100 for a dinner for two at Johnny’s. But if you’re on a budget, $25 would get the recipient an appetizer and a beer or two during happy hour.
Location: 400 North Capitol St. NW
Contact: 202-737-0400; johnnyshalfshell.netGood Stuff Eatery
There are a lot of places to grab a burger in D.C., but pioneer Spike Mendelsohn’s joint is one of the best.
Located just a stone’s throw from the Capitol complex, Good Stuff is a favorite lunch take-out spot for Hill staffers, making this restaurant the perfect place to buy a gift card for an office Secret Santa.
In addition to tasty burgers and crispy fries, Good Stuff also serves up hand-spun milkshakes and classic root beer floats at wallet-friendly prices.
Burgers start at just $5.95, with the most expensive option an $8.50 “Big Stuff Bacon Meltdown,” loaded with bacon and cheese on a double patty.
Gift card tip: A $15 gift card to this classic joint will keep you solvent and leave the recipient more than sated.
Location: 303 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Contact: 202-543-8222; goodstuffeatery.com